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Musician and songwriter David Rotheray was born 9th February, 1963, in Kingston-Upon-Hull, East Yorkshire. David was interested in music from a young age and played in various local bands from the age of 13 onwards. He attended Sir Henry Cooper High School (1976-1981) and then Hull University (1981-1988). He left university in 1988 to form The Beautiful South with friend and fellow songwriter Paul Heaton. Over the next 19 years the band released 10 studio albums as well as three compilation albums, notably the successful 'Carry On Up The Charts' (1995).  During this period Heaton and Rotheray penned several top 20 hits, including 'Song For Whoever' (1989), 'Rotterdam' (1996) and 'Perfect Ten' (1998). Rotheray also released three albums with his acoustic side project 'Homespun' between 2003 and 2008.

Since The Beautiful South split in 2008, Rotheray has issued two 'solo' albums, 'The Life Of Birds' (2010) and 'Answer Ballads' (2013). Though nominally solo records, both of these albums are collaborative efforts, made in conjunction with singers and writers from the English and Scottish folk scenes.

Rotheray still lives in Hull. He collects hotel 'Do Not Disturb' signs and follows Hull City AFC.